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About the College of Education

A Mission for Change

UHCL College of Education's mission is to prepare skilled professionals who make a profound and transformative impact and exemplify our core values.

  • Fostering excellence and innovation in learner-centered teaching and learning.
  • Preparing advocates for inclusivity and diverse representation. 
  • Advancing effective communication, teaching, and learning, through the use of innovative technologies.
  • Nurturing partnerships through, and engaging in, service to the community.
  • Engaging in research that informs practice, adds to the scholarly literature, and positively impacts the profession.
  • Supporting the development of theoretical knowledge and its integration into practice to add to the scholarly body of literature. 
  • Developing critical thinking and inquiry-based learning with real-world applications.
  • Developing ethical leadership rooted in professional and personal integrity and moral responsibility.

Meet the Deans

Both Dean Joan Pedro and Associate Dean Terry Shepherd share the goal of finding success initiatives that will engage students in innovative 21st century learning practice. Dean Pedro's involvement in the advancement of STEM programs and Associate Dean Shepherd's 40 years of experience as an educator continue to benefit students in all College of Education programs.

Joan Pedro, Ph.D.
Joan Pedro

Joan Pedro

Dean and Professor in Curriculum and Instruction,

Contact number: 281-283-3501
Office: Bayou Suite 1237

Joan Pedro Faculty Bio

Terry Shepherd, Ed.D.
Terry Shepherd

Terry Shepherd

Associate Dean and Professor of Special Education,

Contact number: 281-283-3620
Office: Bayou Suite 1231

Terry Shepherd Faculty Bio

Innovative Partnerships

Through partnerships with area schools and organizations, you'll jump-start your career with field experience. McWhirter Professional Development Laboratory School, a joint effort with Clear Creek Independent School District founded in 2001, is one of our largest partnerships. At McWhirter, you can work alongside faculty and classroom teachers to support research, instruction and high academic achievement.

Even beyond our degree programs, we're part of the success of local educators. Our Center for Educational Programs offers hands-on workshops for teachers and principals at every level. The center's Literacy Clinic and Kids U summer programs create hands-on teaching opportunities for UHCL education students and enrichment for local school-age children.

Looking Ahead

Home to UHCL's first two doctoral programs, we're always looking ahead to meet the needs of our students and our community. With course specializations including curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and multicultural education, we'll prepare you for the unique challenges of educating a diverse and vibrant society.

Explore Academic Programs

The College of Education is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

We've earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.



  • Office of Admissions

    Phone: 281-283-2500
    Fax: 281-283-2522

    SSCB 1.101
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 13
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.